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So, I know this blog is supposed to be about my kreative koncoctions that I like to try at home but I want to veer from that for this post to just talk about life. Sometimes we can cling to the idea of being our own “doctor” by coming up with and using our own home remedies but sometimes, in a real pinch, those don’t always work. Sometimes, we need an actual intervention with the good ol’ western doctors…which leads me to today’s post…
In the past few weeks, the BF (if you wonder why I don’t disclose his name, he’s VERY private – isn’t on social media or anything, so I respect his wishes and just refer to him as BF) has had some health issues that were really scary and needed some medical attention.
One day a few weeks ago, he started to feel a little “under the weather” , as if he might be coming down with the flu, except he didn’t really exhibit any flu-like symptoms other than feeling really weak and tired. So, he took a few days off work hoping some extra rest would get him back to normal but he just kept getting worse. One night, I tried to talk him into going to urgent care but he refused and said he’d call his doctor the next morning to schedule an appointment. We make it through the night only to find that his doctor didn’t have any availability that day and so I INSISTED on taking him to urgent care. BF is unbelievably stubborn and nearly refused to go but I think he realized things were NOT normal and he needed to see a professional.
By this point, he can barely stand, walk or get dressed on his own; his energy levels were too low and I’ve never seen him like this before so I’m staying strong and composed but secretly FREAKING out! He refuses to leave the house without a shower so he hops in only to realize that he can barely lift his arms to pick up his sponge and soap up, so I literally had to bathe him, help him get dressed and practically carry him to the car. Now, BF played football in HS and is really built like he belongs on a field; very strong and muscular but you wouldn’t have guessed it that morning; on a lite day he’s 225.
Anyways, I cart him over to our nearest urgent care, where we sit for an eternity in the waiting room (it wasn’t really that long of a wait, but in his state, it felt like forever!). He seems like he’s fading in and out of reality and can barely hold his head up. Finally they call us back, they take his vitals, we see a doc and he orders his sugar to be checked. The meter that they have only counts sugar levels up to 500; anything higher than that they get an “error” reading. Well, he got an error on his readings, which means he was waaaayyy above the normal range of between 70-110. The doctor briefly educated him on his new diagnosis of being a Type 2 Diabetic, gave him some pills and told me to make sure he drinks plenty of water because “he’s really dehydrated”. Looking back, (and other medical professionals have agreed) he should have sent us STRAIGHT to the ER…over 500 is a medical emergency and when we found out his actual numbers, he could have died!
Well, there was no keeping him hydrated that afternoon. When we got home, I tried to get him to drink some water, diet soda, suck on ice chips or anything to get fluid in his body but he couldn’t keep it down. I called urgent care back and the doctor told me, “Get him to an emergency room immediately. They are going to have to admit him for fluids. Tell me which hospital you’re going to and I’ll call ahead to make sure they’re ready for him.” YIKES! That was super scary! When a doctor is that persistent, you know it’s a serious situation.
So, I followed the doctors orders even though BF insisted “I’ll be fine…this is all a coincidence”. At this point, he’s barely lucid and I’m terrified he’s going to slip into a diabetic coma or something. As soon as we got to the ER, they put in a room almost immediately, got him hooked up to fluids and an insulin drip and started him on the process to getting his sugar lowered. After taking some more precise tests, they found his sugar level to be 950!! As I said earlier, that is a serious situation and he could have died! Many have reminded him (us) that it’s a miracle he doesn’t have any permanent damage (he could have lost his vision, gone into a coma, had other organs shut down, etc.) Thank goodness he’s ok!
So, after the initial visit to the ER, they ended up moving him to ICU for 2-3 nights so his insulin drip could get monitored regularly. Then, he stayed in another room for 2 additional nights. By the time he left, his sugars were down under 250 (still high but not as worrisome as what they were initially). He’s been on some diabetic meds (no insulin at home for now, but we’ll see how much lower his numbers get on the pills; he may need to use insulin to regulate it a little more) as well as blood pressure and cholesterol pills. Slowly, by changing his diet, he’s gotten his numbers to around 150 or so. Hopefully, as he cuts back more and more on his carbs and sugars, he’ll get back to normal.
I share all of this with you guys because I know how some of us that prefer using “natural” remedies can be towards western medicine. I hate taking drugs and would rather make my own creams and ointments than purchase something in a tube that is filled with god-knows-what. But, there are times when a medical emergency arises and we are completely powerless. Nothing I could have done would have made the BF better in his hyperglycemic state; he needed insulin injections to get his sugar levels stabilized. He needed medical professionals to monitor his sugar, take blood samples, etc. to see exactly what was happening to him to make sure there wasn’t something more serious going on. Luckily for us, there wasn’t.
I also want to remind us to listen to our intuition. I mentioned that I wanted BF to go to urgent care the night before all of this happened but he was being stubborn. I wish I wouldn’t have listened. My gut was telling me something wasn’t right with him and that he needed medical attention immediately. I don’t know what I would have done if he fell asleep that night and never woke (it happens!). We all have a god-given gut instinct that tells us when something isn’t right and I should have listened to mine. Thank goodness nothing worse happened to my sweetie pie. Next time, I will insist he goes to the ER or call an ambulance against his will, whether he agrees or not!
Thanks for listening. I hope that no one has to go through such a nightmare but I’m so glad BF is back home and trying to return to his healthy state. Now, we’re coping with a new diet and trying new recipes. I can’t honestly say that I’m excited about going low carb but hey, maybe it prevent me from becoming diabetic myself! Any recipes you guys swear by for new diabetics?
[insert any number of good excuses, including, I’ve been lazy, depressed, too busy, too tired, too uninspired, etc.]
And those are legitimate excuses but I’ve honestly MISSED writing and keeping up this blog. It’s funny because I started my blog when I discovered Pinterest and I wanted to use it as a way to share with everyone all the cool Pinterest projects that I had tried. And believe me, I tried quite a few and still use a lot of the ideas today. What I discovered during the process was that I really enjoyed writing. The projects themselves were fun and handy and I’m all about being as chemical-free as possible but the true passion was in the writing. I also liked the feedback that I got from others. It’s somewhat rewarding and validating to have someone say, “I tried this too and it helped me!” But, then life happens and you lose sight of things you enjoy. You get busy, you buy a house that requires a lot of upkeep, you have three dogs and a full time job and…there go the excuses again.
But, enough excuses. I’m baaaack and wholeheartedly looking forward to a NEW year and saying, “Good riddance” to 2014. With the New Year approaching, I’m tired of making excuses and want to make 2015 a year of significant change. While I know that we’re all busy making resolutions that we usually don’t keep, I want this year to be different. I don’t want to be complacent and nonchalant about my health, weight, mental state, etc. My New Years Resolutions usually last about 2 weeks, (and that’s IF I’m somewhat disciplined) but they certainly don’t go into February. Now, I know that some of us may actually make significant changes in our lives from time to time but you know that when you’re in a mindset to make changes, you don’t have to wait until January 1 to make those changes. That’s where I am and that’s why I’m starting this post today…I’m getting ahead of the game;).
So, I’ve started my list of resolutions and obviously writing more is one of the biggest things that I want to work on this year. That includes my own personal writing in the form of journaling, poetry, etc. but it also includes taking better care of this blog. Writing is something I’ve always been passionate about and I find it so incredibly therapeutic. Hopefully, people like reading my blog because I’m going to be much more active, like it or not:). I’m going to set a goal of one post a week but am well aware that could be overly ambitious and it may be lowered to once a month during my really busy times at work. Either way, I’ll be writing more than I did last year, so any improvement is a win in my book! Please be patient as I try to come up with ideas on what to write about (if you have any suggestions, let me know!)
Another resolution is one we all make Every. Single. Year: to lose weight. I’m tired of feeling gross and I know my health is at risk. Both of my parents were overweight and very unhealthy. Now, on a ranking scale, I’m WAY better in my lifestyle habits than how they chose to live, but still. I’m no spring chicken anymore and clearly, I have “bad” genes that can take over (both parents died very young; Dad at 46 and Mom at 53). So, getting my weight in order is a priority and needs to remain as such. I could easily stand to lose between 50-60 pounds to get where my BMI is no longer in the “Obese” category.
So, BF and I ordered a very fancy, schmancy new treadmill…one of those cool NordicTrack ones with the iFit technology that cost a fortune (this was our Christmas gift to each other). With iFit, you can supposedly select anywhere in the world that you want to be and visually be on a path in that area. I’m really looking forward to running (panting) in Paris or meandering through the ancient ruins at Chichen Itza (where I just visited two weeks ago!) or in Egypt. So, hopefully the new gadget will keep my excitement level up. If not, I think the BF will keep me motivated, as I know he would not complain if I drop the lbs either. And once we both reach our goal weights, then we can reward ourselves with a fun cruise or something to show off our new bathing suit-worthy bodies!
The other major thing I want to do, along with getting in shape physically, is to mend my mental state. If you know me personally, you know I can get easily flustered, depressed, agitated and I have a SERIOUS case of road rage (you try living in New Orleans where I’m convinced people never learned to drive…it’s TERRIBLE). All my outbursts boil down to me not being in the present and not taking things in stride. I get tense way too easily and carry such a heavy burden ALL.THE.TIME. So much of what I worry about NEVER comes to fruition but when I worry and get anxious, I’m aging myself much more rapidly than I need to and making myself a complete basket case.
My cure for this is yoga and meditation. In the past, when I practiced yoga frequently, I have been much more level-headed, mild-mannered and much easier to be around. I would really like this to begin to become a daily practice for me or at least 5 days a week. Again, I’m not setting anything in stone here because I don’t want to set myself up for failure but taking 30 minutes in the evening before bed is not difficult. And the biggest thing is that I deserve it. My mind is busy working, thinking, calculating, worrying, etc. all day long. It needs a little break during my waking moments to recoup.
The last thing I want to do is take a ceramics class. I learned to use the potter’s wheel in high school and have been wanting to get back at it ever since. I feel like I need creative outlets to let loose and the plus is that I can make cool knick-knacks for myself or gifts for others. Win-Win! This doesn’t have to happen right away, maybe a few months from now, but at some point this year, I want to be in a studio with a wheel, slinging some serious vases or something:) Keep an eye out for pictures as my koncoctions come to life!
So, there’s my list. I know this blog post has been different than some of my other posts in the past, but I’m just going with the flow. And who knows…maybe by sharing my resolutions on a large scale, I’ll have that much more accountability to keep them in check. I don’t think they’re too lofty and very attainable. I’m excited about really working on myself this year. We can also stand a little improvement to better ourselves when we start to feel “stale”. What about you? Any fun, exciting, challenging resolutions you’re setting for this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts or if you have made resolutions in the past, what helped you keep them? Do share!?